Monthly Archives August 2019

Telstra EBA Update: 29 August meeting

Talks continued with the Unions’ Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) and Telstra meeting this week to continue negotiations. Clause 45   The discussion around the Clause 45 transfer of business provisions today focussed primarily around drafting. The SBU’s focus was to ensure that the intention is clearly demonstrated by the words of the clause, eliminating the possibility for misinterpretation or error.   It is proposed that in order to displace the requirement to pay retrenchment benefits under Clause 45, the offer to move to a Subsidiary must: 1.       Be to perform the same or substantially the same work; 2.       On terms and
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One Team Bonus to be paid on September 4

This year’s payment of the One Team Bonus will be paid on 4 September. During bargaining for EBA9 we successfully secured the commitment to pay this additional 1% bonus payment, over and above the EBA pay rise – provided Post met key performance indicators relating to service targets and profit during the preceding financial year. Members should start to receive letters to their home from 30 August detailing the amount payable to each individual. The actual amount you will receive will be dependent on your gross taxable income for the 2018-19 financial year. To ensure those who work part-time hours
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Visionstream EBA Update

Talks with Visionstream continued last week – with management having very little to say. The company’s position on the current pay offer remains – that is: 1.5% to former Silcar employees and 2.5% to Visionstream employees. Building Code compliance remains a continuing issue with Visionstream maintaining that this is a critical feature for the company. After some debate, it was confirmed that Visionstream currently hold an exemption from complying with the Code – and their exemption is for a defined period of time. It commenced in October 2018 and remains valid until January 2020. The company’s concern is that once
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Telstra EBA Update: 22 August meeting

Bargaining has continued this week with the Unions’ Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) and Telstra making progress towards a new agreement. Clause 45 Clause 45 remains a central focus of negotiations but in light of the progress made, it may soon take a back seat. The SBU put forward further enhancements to clause 45 to strengthen and preserve entitlements for employees who may be subject to transfers to a Subsidiary in the future. As you will remember, we recently reported that the scale for retrenchment benefits would be preserved for transferring employees at the rate of pay effective at the time
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Local post services must be retained in Australian communities

All Australian communities, including those in regional areas, deserve access to a local, reliable post office and service and Australia Post must take steps to ensure those services remain, postal workers say. Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate said yesterday that the increase in the cost of postage stamps is one way of ensuring Post’s ability to continue providing services in local communities – a move which the union representing postal workers, the CEPU, accepts as necessary. “If it takes a small bump in the cost of a stamp to ensure every Australian has access to the postal and other vital
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Talks recommence with Visionstream following NO vote on bosses’ EBA

Bargaining with Visionstream management recommenced last week following employees’ rejection of the bosses’ EBA proposal earlier this month. Whilst the bosses’ EBA was voted down by a modest margin, the participation rate was over 90% – clearly demonstrating that employees are engaged in their EBA process and are looking for fairer pay and conditions. This is also in light of reports that certain managers had employed scare tactics to influence the vote their way –  by falsely claiming that new contracts could not be won if the bosses’ EBA did not get up. These false and misleading claims may have
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How the Australia Post Grinch is changing your Christmas Authorised Holiday

Members would be well aware of Australia Post’s long-held desire to substitute the Authorised Holiday that has traditionally occurred during the Christmas and New Year period, with an additional Annual Recreation Leave (ARL) day credit. Their proposal was first flagged as an employer claim during bargaining for EBA8 – and again during EBA9 talks. On both occasions, members made it absolutely clear that changes to the holiday through the EBA would not be supported. This year has been no different with their desire intensifying during recent discussions to change the day from the Christmas Period to all employees having this
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Telstra EBA update: 15 August meeting

Talks continued with the Unions’ Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) and Telstra meeting this week to continue negotiations Clause 45 As has been the case the last few meetings, this fixation of Telstra’s again dominated discussions – with the company again making it clear they will not reach agreement without a Clause 45 in some form or another. As you will recall, last week we reported on a positive step which would see members’ redundancy benefits preserved should a transfer to a subsidiary occur. It appeared that the intentions on both sides aligned with regard to this last week, however, prior
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Union outraged as Penn receives 33% pay rise while Telstra jobs axed and profit down by 40%

The Union representing Telstra workers is outraged today after a remuneration report revealed that Andy Penn will be receiving a 33% pay rise, on the back of slashing 9,500 jobs and profit dropping by 40%. CEPU Communications Union National President, Shane Murphy, said, “The Union is absolutely appalled by Andy Penn giving himself a 33% pay rise while under his watch, 9,500 jobs have been axed, the company is losing 40% in profit, and workers are being offered meagre pay rise of up to 1.8% or 2%.  “This is an absolute disgrace. “Not to mention that customers across Australia continue
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Telstra EBA Update: 8 August meeting

Talks continued with the Unions’ Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) and Telstra meeting this week to continue negotiations Clause 45 Clause 45 once again dominated discussions at the latest meeting – with Telstra responding to the SBU’s proposal, advanced at the last meeting. As you may recall, the SBU had advanced proposals that would secure and preserve terms and conditions for current employees who transferred to a subsidiary under the terms of the clause. The only option fully supported by the SBU, to transfer employees via secondment, has again been rejected by Telstra – who cited administrative difficulties. However, we have
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